How can we grow more food with less pollution?
Our agriculture and land use initiatives focus on securing a sustainable, productive food supply that also supports a resilient environment.
Our agriculture initiatives
Why: Fertilizer is the engine of agriculture, but its inefficient use — along with soil degradation — creates air and water pollution.
How: Help farmers improve on-farm conservation practices. With Walmart asking suppliers to improve fertilizer efficiency, food companies are starting to support farmers’ efforts to reduce environmental impact while improving their yields.Photo: NOAA
Protect wildlife on working lands
Why: Our current system to protect at-risk wildlife isn’t working, and it depends too much on regulation, often a heavy burden on landowners.
How: Establish habitat exchanges that allow landowners to get paid for maintaining habitat that houses vulnerable species, like the monarch butterfly. Taken to scale, these practices pay off for wildlife, too.
Reward farmers for smart water use
Why: Demand for water is outstripping supply in arid regions like the American West.
How: Remove barriers to water trading [PDF] and create incentives that reward farmers and ranchers – the region’s largest water consumers – for practices that return water to rivers.